Scratching the Surface: BKFoxx

June 9, 2015 | Aymann Ismail

ANIMAL showcases a different street artist regularly in our feature, Scratching the Surface. This week, we profile BKFoxx..


Decade you were born in:
I’m a late ’80s model.

City you currently live:
Somewhere on Long Island.

Drugs or natural highs?
Mostly sugar.

How did you get your name?
My initials are BK. And my little icon is a fox. With an extra “X” because “BKFox” was taken on Instagram (no joke.) My given name is allegedly from an ’80s sitcom.


Why do what you do?
Because I can. Because I speak better visually than verbally. And because nothing beats the feeling of standing next to people admiring the wall you painted while they have no idea you painted it.

How does your father feel about your art?
He is very supportive. He brings me interesting supplies and suggests things for me to paint all the time. He’s the kind of guy you use your one phone call on.

Are you making a living off your art? How’s that working out so far?
Attempting to. I haven’t starved yet.

Fuck the art world or embrace the art world?
Honestly, the real answer to that question is probably that it depends on how the art world feels about you. Fuck $179 million dollar paintings though.

Do you bring your smart phone into the bathroom with you? Why?
No. I try to leave my phone alone as much possible. Notifications can turn you into a lab rat on cocaine pawing at your screen.


Do you ever feel like giving up?
All the time. Like most people, I feel like doing a lot of things I don’t actually do.

Suggest an artist to follow.
Zeso and Matt Denton Burrows. Both those guys are going to be insanely successful.